Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour
This is our first Christmas in this home and it’s pretty exciting for us. It’s also bitter-sweet to miss out on family get-togethers and shenanigans, but we’re hoping to visit soon. This home is just like all the others in that there are primary spaces that I decorate for Christmas, but someday I’d love to have all the bedrooms decorated with some festive touches as well. I focus on the family room, dining room, entry, a cocoa bar around the kitchen, and the guest bathroom. And after having the Christmas greenery out for most of November, I was anxious to add some Christmas magic. I love using what I already have, but my 15-year-old garland was pretty sad, so it got replaced. Without further ado, here’s my vintage inspired Christmas home tour. Thanks for popping in.
Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour – The Christmas tree
I don’t know about you, but once the tree is up, the rest just falls into place. And now that we have a faux pre-lit tree, I don’t have to worry about wrapping lights and cleaning up pine needles – it’s pretty awesome. In this house, we have a large window in our family room and it’s the perfect spot for our tree. When it comes to the tree, I’m a firm believer in having all the family help. So, this year the only new thing for the tree I got was some extra wide ribbon, green velvet on one side and gold on the other. I actually picked it out for wrapping gifts, but the roll was so large and the gold side was stunning so the tree got it instead. Starting at the top, I zig-zagged vertical stripes up and down the tree. I didn’t have enough for the backside, but I’m not worried about it. Then I repurposed my coffee filter buntings from a tea party and added it in between the ribbon. This coffee filter bunting is so pretty, I may have to make one each year ($1.29 bunting is pretty affordable!).
At this point, I absolutely loved how the tree looked, but I knew it would be even better with all our old ornaments on it to bring back memories and give our tree a down-to-earth vibe. Don’t get me wrong, I love ‘designer’ trees, but because I sincerely enjoy all the different ways trees are decorated, I don’t get too caught up in perfection. It would be fun to have a small tree someday that I decorate exactly how I want without the kids’ stuff on it, but I haven’t felt like doing one yet. Now, keep in mind that some of these ornaments are very old, from my husband’s and my childhoods, and then the girls have picked out an ornament each year, have been gifted ornaments, have made ornaments. Year after year the ornaments add up! It’s quite the hodgepodge, but each year the tree looks different because of the base design that I do. After adding the ribbon and bunting trim, it looked so vintage and stunning – I was pretty excited to get all the family ornaments on it. Everyone helped put the ornaments, and I promise you that I only moved a few (just couldn’t help myself).
Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour – The fireplace mantel
At first, I was avoiding the fireplace mantel. I had only finished the floating shelves inside the left alcove, and I was dreading all the work involved to complete the right-side. But we had a week of amazing weather here in northwest Arkansas, so I took advantage of it and completed the right-side floating shelves. And instead of decking the shelves out for Christmas, I just styled them with some simple neutral items I already had. Maybe next year, I’ll find some new treasures to style the shelves, but I’m just so happy they’re done that it’s enough. I found this beautiful cedar garland at Hobby Lobby, 50% off, and I wish I would have grabbed one more. I added my magnolia garland to it as well as some felt poinsettia picks from Hobby Lobby, and my stepdad’s antlers from his past hunting trips. Our stockings hang on one side with the LED taper candles and I gotta say that I’m loving the asymmetrical look.
Back in November, I mentioned that my color scheme for Christmas would be blush and greens. With neutrals as the base, and so, I have subtly added touches of blush and green. I love this color combo and I was able to reuse my blush pillows that I already have and only purchase two green ones to complete the look. I prefer feather-down inserts because they shape up so nicely and last longer, and it’s easy to change out covers or wash them if needed. I also love festive holiday pillows, but I always stick with pillows that I can use any day of the year. It’s the practical side of me, I guess. For the wall behind the sofa, I’m still figuring out what I want to do to it as a focal point, but for now I’m putting all kinds of holes in it to decorate this space with different things (so many nail holes!). I found this cool shelf made from a vintage door as well as the vintage ice skates, and the vintage match box on the right. The brass bells and LED taper candles. are from Amazon. I love these remote-controlled off-white tapers – they are awesome! The antlers are also from my stepdad.
Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour – The entryway
The entryway is simple, but it’s a great place to have our nativity scene. We’ve had this one for almost 15 years, and it’s been through a lot. The tip of the shepherd’s staff is gone, the donkey’s ear is gone, the lantern that hangs in the manger… gone. One of the wise men had his hand break off, but I found it and glued it back. Luckily, my girls love the baby Jesus, so he’s never been missing in action. The nativity scene is the focal point of this space, but I added a festive backdrop with a mirror and garland to frame the space nicely. And I have to add that I pulled out all the pieces of the nativity scene, set up the manger on the table, and asked Quinn to arrange it all for us. She did, and that’s how I left it. I just may have to make her my assistant, she did such a great job.
Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour – The formal dining room
For the dining room, I had a few ideas, but I’m also designing the space for my Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice tea party that’s coming up, so I’m trying to reuse some stuff and think smart when it comes to this room. We will host Christmas Eve lunch in here, so I wanted it to feel festive and cheery, but I didn’t want too much going on either. I do love Christmas villages, all styles, and I’ve been collecting these galvanized buildings for several years now. Buying a few at a time from different places means that nothing really matches, but the color. And while I love galvanized silver, I’ve come to adore gold as well. So, this village got a mini makeover with gold spray paint, and I love how it turned out. The gold mirror is new, I’ve been waiting for months for Hobby Lobby to restock this gold mirror and for it to be on sale – and it finally did last month! It’s the little things, ya know. The wreaths on the backs of the chairs are from the Target Dollar Spot, a set of three for $3 and they can be used as gift toppers or a pillar candle wreath next year if I want to change it up. In case you’re wondering that brown paper on each side of the mirror are vintage piano rolls. They are so cool, and I used them last Christmas in the apartment.
Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour – The guest bathroom
The guest bathroom is a small space, so just a few small festive touches was all I added to it. I swapped out the wall art and decorated the shelf. It’s not much, but the few touches continue the neutral Christmas look and it makes me happy. Sometimes less is more and even though this space isn’t totally done yet, I love adding decor to it for each holiday. There’s nothing new in here, but the wooden houses were from Target a few years ago. Right outside the guest bathroom is a little alcove with a linen closet and a corner with coat hooks that I designed with a board and batten wall treatment. This is the little space where I hang the girls’ advent calendar. It hangs perfectly from a grommet at the top of the calendar – no new nails in the wall for this decor. This alcove isn’t the guest bathroom, but it’s connected so I think it’s a fun space to have some festive touches.
Vintage Inspired Christmas Home Tour – The hot cocoa bar
Last week, I shared our hot cocoa bar. This is the remaining space that I decked out for the holidays and it’s quite different from the rest of the house. This corner is merry and bright and screams fun – which makes sense to me because hot cocoa is definitely fun! Two years ago, I decorated our entire home with bright and colorful decorations and loved it, but I like change so it likely won’t be repeated for a while. However, I spent so much time painting these paper mache nested houses, and I love the colorful bottle brush trees, that I had to put them all out again this year. You can check out the awesome hot cocoa bar here.
Well, that’s it, thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my vintage inspired Christmas home tour. It sounds so silly to call it a tour, but I suppose that’s what it is. And I know that there are a ton of amazing holiday decorations and inspiration out there – it’s all absolutely stunning – so that makes it all the more special to me that you choose to visit my blog and see what I have to share too. Like they say, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and if our homes can increase our feelings of good tidings and cheer – I’m all for it. The thing about decorating your home though, is that it’s your space and should make you feel good – you should enjoy it. So, if you don’t put up any decor, or you decorate every room, either way makes me happy because I know how much a space can affect a person. Happy decorating, and please leave me a comment below if you have any questions or thoughts about this post. Thanks again!
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